09/21/2012 2:25PM

Woodbine notes: Tiller twosome work for Classy ’n Smart

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Michael Burns
It's Gail wins the Eternal Search Stakes. She goes for Bob Tiller next Sunday in the $125,000 Classy 'n Smart.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Bob Tiller has a pair of shooters for next Sunday’s $125,000 Classy ’n Smart.

The 3-year-old fillies It’s Gail and Grace Phil will be facing older Ontario-sired fillies and mares in the 1 1/16-mile Classy ’n Smart. Both breezed five furlongs in company here Thursday with the former going in 1:01 and the latter in 1:01.40,

Both fillies made their last start in the Sept. 8 La Prevoyante, a one-mile race for Ontario-sired fillies that was run over soft turf. It’s Gail finished second there behind another stablemate Nikkis Bold Gelato, while Grace Phil failed to handle the going and was a distant seventh in the field of eight.

Both fillies have won restricted stakes on Polytrack in their own age group, with It’s Gail taking the 1 1/16-mile Eternal Search in her start prior to the La Prevoyante and Grace Phil capturing this spring’s seven-furlong Lady Angela and last fall’s 1 1/16-mile South Ocean.

Reconnect, one of the leading contenders for a the Classy ’n Smart, breezed five furlongs in a bullet 59 on the training track here Friday under her new rider, Justin Stein. The breeze was the fastest of 20 at the distance by a full second.

“She just went out and was a happy girl,” said Amanda Bell, assistant to Reconnect’s trainer, Ashlee Brnjas. “She’s in good order, that filly.”

Reconnect was a closing second, beaten a head by Moonlit Beauty, in the restricted Victoriana Stakes for fillies and mares over 1 1/16 miles of turf in her latest outing, which came here Aug. 18.

Moonlit Beauty was second in the Classy ’n Smart last fall and is eyeing this year’s renewal, but also has been nominated to next Sunday’s $100,000 Avowal, an open overnight stakes for fillies and mares over seven furlongs of turf. The race would require five entrants to be carded.

Peche Mobilee also worked on the training track here Friday in preparation for the Classy ’n Smart, breezing five furlongs in 1:00.80 under exercise rider Alex Hau, a former jockey.

“She worked great,” trainer Judith Pottins said. “She’s evolving right in front of me.”

Peche Mobilee is coming off a half-length victory in a restricted second-level allowance race at 1 1/16 miles.

Also on target for the Classy ’n Smart include Niigon’s Touch, who is making her first start since winning the Eternal Search here last Aug. 20. Paul Attard trains the homebred Niigon’s Touch for the Chiefswood Stable of Robert and Mark Krembil.

Professor’s Ride drills for Victorian Queen

Professor’s Ride is heading for next Saturday’s $125,000 Victorian Queen and breezed four furlongs in 49 on the main track here Friday. Regular rider Michelle Rainford was aboard Professor’s Ride, who worked in company with 4-year-old maiden Royal Colwood.

The $125,000 Victorian Queen is a six-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-old fillies.

“It was a good work,” said Scott Fairlie, who trains Professor’s Ride and is her owner and co-breeder with the David Succamore-led Ace Racing Stable.

Professor’s Ride is coming off a fifth-place finish in the Sept. 3 Muskoka, a seven-furlong yearling sales stakes for 2-year-old fillies. In her penultimate outing, Professor’s Ride finished a closing second in the restricted Nandi at six furlongs.

Both the Muskoka and Nandi were won by Cryptic Message, who also is Victorian Queen-bound.

◗ Jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson, who rode her 1,000th career winner here last Sunday, will be on hand for a meet-and-greet beginning at 12 p.m. here Sunday. Wilson will sign autographs, and the Woodbine Entertainment Group will provide the cake for the celebratory occasion.